Posted by Sheila Shayon on February 4, 2011 03:00 PM
It’s official. Internet Protocol version 4, or IPv4, which accommodates 4.3 billion addresses is dead, swept aside by the web's gatekeepers for IPv6.
"This is one of the most important days in the history of the Internet. A pool of more than 4 billion Internet addresses has just been emptied this morning," said Rod Beckstrom, chief executive of the Internet Corporation For Assigned Names and Numbers or ICANN at a press conference (above) yesterday.
"There are now 2 billion people who connect to the Internet. We've got 6 billion people in the world who want to connect themselves and their devices. That is simply not possible with IPv4. It's just not doable," added Olaf Kolkman, chairman of the Internet Architecture Board. "The business impact if you don't make the transition is the next 2 or 3 billion customers will run IPv6 only and will not be able to do business with you."Continue reading...